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When You Reach Me: Rebecca Stead’s 2010 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

by Rebecca Stead A long time ago, my mother got a job that would have made her father proud. He died before she got it, though, so he never found out about it. These things happen. Not long after, when I was about twenty, she said to me, “I want you to know that I […]

Review of Saraswati’s Way

Saraswati’s Way by Monika Schröder Intermediate, Middle School    Foster/Farrar    233 pp. 11/10    978-0-374-36411-3    $16.99 Living in a small desert village in India, Akash dreams of studying mathematics, but he has always known that his prospects for a good education are dim. And now that his father has died, he is being sent to work off […]

From The Guide: Good Sports Books

The following reviews are from The Horn Book Guide and The Horn Book Guide Online. To find even more good sports books, look to the Guide subject index and the Guide Online fully searchable database. For more information about subscribing to the Guide and the Guide Online, please visit Berman, Len The Greatest Moments […]

I Know Here: Illustrator Matt James’s 2011 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

It’s amazing to have won this award, and I think it’s great that our book has been so well received, in the States as well as back home in Canada. I think this shows that, while Laurel’s story is set in Canada, the story is a universal one — the story of a kid who […]

I Know Here: Author Laurel Croza’s 2011 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

Whoo! I feel like the rookie who, on the very first day she’s called up to the major leagues, knocks the ball clear out of Fenway Park. The rookie who, after her very lucky first hit, stands rooted beside home plate, thinking, What did I just do? That’s me, flash-frozen in disbelief — “whaaaaat!?!” — […]

What Makes a Good Sports Novel?

“Mike backed up at the ping of the ball against the metal bat, sensing a long, high fly. He felt a flush of joy. He was exactly where he wanted to be, in the center of the universe, racing a baseball, sure he was going to win.” Robert Lipsyte’s recent novel Center Field starts with […]